Jake Porter is a senior at Northwest High School in McDermott, Ohio, near another small southern Ohio town, Waverly. Jake has a disorder called Chromosomal Fragile-X, the most common cause of inherited mental retardation. Jake was a member of the Northwest football team this fall. He showed up for practice every day and dressed in full gear. By the end of October, Jake hadn't played in a game all season, and his coach, Dave Frantz, wanted to see that streak end. So in the days leading up to ...

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